post surgery update

Well, I’m past the 5 week mark, post my emergency gall bladder removal surgery.  Week 4 was a real turning point for me.  I started being able to eat more variety, without any ill effect.  I can actually eat more dairy now than I could the 6-12 months prior to the surgery.  I wonder now if perhaps a failing gall bladder caused my sudden dairy intolerances (it got to where the only dairy I could eat was hard cheeses.) 

I’m still working slowly on food re-introduction.  I can eat a very lean steak now, but I haven’t tried any fattier cuts of beef, and frankly, hamburger patties would be the last type of beef I try because it’s so laden with fat.  I’m still pretty limited on veggies though.  That’s a fiber issue, obviously not a fat content issue.  But I can eat ripe plums, peaches, and nectarines, so hopefully the fresh veggies comes soon.  I can handle a small amount of chocolate (dur LOL), but not any peanut butter.  I use low fat margarine and mayo fine, but not regular mayo or real butter….via pats of butter.  So things are returning to normal.  I still tire easily, and it’s not helped by the fact that my knee I injured in February tripping over a co-worker’s dog…got worse last week when I climbed on a co-worker’s desk to decorate for her birthday.  Put too much weight on it, I guess.  Oh wells.  Last time I climb at work to decorate a cubicle.  LOL

Overall, doing fine.  I am so eager for retirement, it’s pathetic.  I hope to be done by the end of October, although I haven’t mentioned that to hubby yet.  He’s dealing with having to have a dental implant….he doesn’t need to think about my issues right at the moment.   (he had previously asked me just to make it through the end of the summer though, so end of October should be a fine compromise.  LOL)

That’s all I got.  My mom is struggling with turning 92 late August.  She is suddenly DONE with living, and very morose.  I’m trying to help her deal with that.  😦

Hope all is well.  I’m slowly starting to re-establish the blog world habits, including visiting everyone’s sites on a regular basis; please bear with me as I get up and running again.  Love you guys!

30 thoughts on “post surgery update

  1. Jeanie

    I'm so glad things are improving. Getting back your diet will be a big thing. And I think you need all the support you can get, given work and your mom. Hang in there — in the end, things will level off.


  2. Lynda

    Retirement is not far away, that time will fly!!! That's sad about your Mother but perhaps it's not that unusual at her age. It must be hard for you though to see her that way. Last month an Australian man travelled to Europe in order to legally end his life – he was 104 and just tired of living.


  3. coffeeontheporchwithme

    Well, that's certainly good news that you are able to tolerate more foods in your diet. I hope the veggies become part of your life soon as well. Sorry to hear about your mom. Very difficult with aging parents. -Jenn


  4. tammy j

    when you finally set the retirement date it seems like it will never come! but it does.and you will love it. do you have a way of showing your mom the computer screen? I looked up Olivia De Haviland yesterday. she lives in Paris and on July 1st will be 102! she's still beautiful and very happy. sometimes seeing things like that are inspiring and helpful to all of us! xo


  5. Betsy Adams

    My goddaughter had her gallbladder removed a few months ago and is doing GREAT…. She's been struggling with stomach issues for a long time —and it took them forever to realize that it was NOT a food allergy (gluten) or any other allergy —but was her gallbladder… Hope you have as much success as Cathy has had…As you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with A-Fib in January… Have really struggled with the side effects from the medications… My present problem is ANEMIA…. My doctor put me on IRON pills and guess what it causes me———constipation…. Dang–I can't win… Ain't life grand?Hugs,Betsy


  6. Silver Willow

    thanks, Betsy! That's great about your Goddaughter! I'm beginning to suspect my sudden dairy intolerance was gall bladder related. I haven't tried cheesecake yet, but a couple of ice cream sandwiches have been no problem. We'll see; fingers crossed!Sorry about the anemia; do they know what's causing it…is the a-fib meds causing it? Yikes. Sorry about the constipation. I lean more towards going the other way. LOL Oh well, you at least can eat plenty of fruits! :)thanks for being here!


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